The next version of 'Star Wars: The Old Republic,' a video game by Bioware, will allow gamers' characters to take part in same-sex relationship.
The issue of homosexuality within The Old Republic first came about back in 2009, when users of Bioware's online forums noticed that the words, "gay," "lesbian," and "homosexual" were censored whenever they were posted within a forum thread. As for the reason why, Bioware community manager Sean Dahlberg said in an April 2009 post that, "[Gay and lesbian] are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread closed."
It's unclear whether Bioware's going to actually use "those words" at a future point within The Old Republic, but the official line from the company is that gamers will eventually be allowed to pursue relationships (or hookups, at least) with NPC sidekicks of either gender. The reason this feature wasn't implemented at the game's December 2011 launch was more an issue of logistics than controversy.
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